WaPo Pulling No Punches On Trump’s Bungled Coronavirus Response

This is the headline on their excellent story:

With Trump leading the way, America’s coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infections

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen those kinds of unapologetic headlines out of any major national paper. A LONG time.

The story itself retains punch because it is mercilessly factual without veering into CNN-like Trump-hatred OR typical, lazy, anodyne Beltway stenography:

America’s position as the world’s leader in coronavirus cases and deaths is in large part the result of human error, and the still-rising caseload stands as a stark reminder of the blunders that have characterized the national response. Trump’s actions, and his position in the Oval Office, make him a central figure in any assessment of the country’s handling of the outbreak.


This portrait of a nation in crisis — and its failure to contain an epic pandemic — is based on interviews with 47 administration officials, lawmakers at the national and state level, congressional staff, federal and local health officials, public health experts and other current and former officials involved in the bungled and confused response.

Simply leave no room for argument, correctly. It’s about time.